Chetola adds winter shuttle service to App Ski Mountain for lodging guests

Chetola adds winter shuttle service to App Ski Mountain for lodging guests
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October 30, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Guest services are a critical part of Chetola Resort’s hospitality mission, which officially states “As a premier vacation destination, it is our goal to exceed everyone’s expectations while having fun with our guests and co-workers.” In that regard, the property has made a first-class investment in its valued guests with the purchase of a 15-passenger Ford Transit Conversion van. For the winter ski season, Chetola will offer daily round-trip shuttle service to Appalachian Ski Mountain exclusively for guests of the resort. Shuttle service is included in guests’ nightly Resort Fee and will depart from Chetola up to four times per day.

“We are so excited to have this service available to transport guests to Appalachian Ski Mountain for the 2018/2019 ski season,” says Bryan Moore, Director of Sales & Marketing. “Skiers and snowboarders want to hit the slopes, not worry about the hassle of driving and parking, or the weather if they aren’t familiar with driving on snowy roads. But we value our guests’ time, no matter what season they visit us. So we thought, ‘Leave the driving to us. Our guests should be having fun.”

Skiers want to hit the slopes, not worry about the hassle of driving and parking — or driving on unfamiliar snowy roads.

Chetola will post a printed schedule of the daily route in the main lobby for the guest’s convenience. The resort also will provide pre-arranged trips to the Chetola Sporting Reserve for guests, members, and groups utilizing the resort’s outdoor clay shooting facility. Additional transportation services will be provided upon request and need but limited to guests staying at the resort and based on previously scheduled shuttle availability.

“This new addition,” says Chetola proprietor Kent Tarbutton, “will provide our guests easy winter access to Appalachian Ski Mountain. The van has plenty of room for ski and snowboarding equipment, so folks can load up, hop in, and let us do the driving. It’s all about making things easier for our guests, removing the stresses of driving and parking from the equation.”

This past May Chetola Resort invested more than $25,000 to upgrade its outdoor tent location with new flooring and landscaping in order to accommodate up to 300 guests. And now adding this transportation component to the resort “takes our services to the next level and augments the overall experience for guests, groups, and weddings alike,” says Moore.

Chetola Resort is an 87-acre vacation and corporate meeting destination in Blowing Rock, NC, featuring Chetola Lodge, the Bob Timberlake Inn, privately owned one to four-bedroom condominiums, Timberlake’s Restaurant, the Spa at Chetola, and the Chetola Sporting Reserve. 185 Chetola Lake Dr., Blowing Rock, NC 28605. 828.295.5500.

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As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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